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3 places to escape the city chaos surprisingly close to the Greyhound bus station

Ah, New York. The lights, the shows, the non-stop action. The city that never sleeps. But there’s a surprisingly green side to this iconic city – and we’re not talking Central Park. Here are three places you may not be so familiar with, where you can escape the Times Square tourist madness and see the city from a very different perspective.

  1. 1The High Line

    Go on a walking tour above the city streets. Follow the green, elevated path that used to be a train line.

    The High Line is a public park, glamorously dubbed by the locals as ‘New York’s park in the sky'. It's built on a historic freight rail line above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side – a derelict structure transformed into one of the city’s best-loved spaces.

    You can explore the hundreds of plant species, follow one of the park’s art trails or join a free group tour in the warmer months. And it’s all just a few feet above the hustle and bustle of the New York City streets.

    For opening times, maps and more, visit thehighline.org or follow @highlinenyc on Twitter for the latest info and events.

    How to get there

    From the Greyhound station in the NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal, head down 8th Avenue to West 34th Street. Turn right and keep going – you’ll see the High Line’s north end just before you get to the Hudson River.

    2. 20 min walk
    3. > High line north end
  2. 2Breakneck Ridge

    Repeatedly voted as the best trail in the U.S. You’ll have to go to see why!

    Part of the Hudson Highlands State Park, Breakneck Ridge forms 7.4 miles of challenging rock climbs and rugged hikes. It’s not for the faint hearted – the total ascent is 1,442 feet, and you’ll need to climb with your hands and feet in some places.

    But the rewards are well worth it: spectacular panoramic views of the Hudson River and, on a clear day, you can see the Manhattan skyline.

    You can find out more about the trail on the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference website or visit nysparks.com to download the trail map app.

    How to get there

    From the Greyhound station in the NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal, take a 15-minute stroll down West 42nd Street to Grand Central Station. From there, it’s a scenic 90-minute train ride on the Metro-North Hudson River Line to Breakneck Ridge (if you’re going on a weekday, get off at Cold Spring Station).

    1. > Greyhound Station
    2. 15 min walk
    3. T Grand Central Station
    4. 90 min train
    5. > Breakneck Ridge
  3. 3Governors Island

    Get an amazing view of the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty, while lounging on the grassy island shores.

    Just 800 yards from Lower Manhattan lies Governors Island, a favorite escape of locals and home to many cool events. Open all summer, this car-free oasis is the ideal place to relax in the sunshine soaking up views of the city from a distance.

    There’s always something happening on the island – with lots of festivals and events to get involved in. You can bring a picnic, hire a bike or just hang (literally) in one of the island’s many hammocks!

    For opening times and what's on, visit govisland.com

    How to get there

    Hop on the subway Line 1 at the Times Square stop (right next to the Greyhound station in the NYC Port Authority Bus Terminal). Get off at South Ferry Station and walk over to the nearby Battery Maritime Building ferry terminal at 10 South Street (right next to the Staten Island ferry).

    2. 25 MIN SUBWAY LINE 1
    4. 10 MIN FERRY

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